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generals, socialite and author, f.b.i. agent and a tangled web growing by the minute. it's the sex scandal that rocked washington. ahead of important hearings on capitol hill. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. the unfair that untanned c.i.a. career of general david petraeus and the assassination of a u.s. ambassador and three others in cincinnati bengals. the former is a story that is changing by the minute. while the latter is being seen in a new light ahead of congressional hearings. we have fox team coverage tonight. intelligence correspondent catherine herridge looks at the matc machinations on capitol hill, and who knew what when. but first, jennifer griffin untangles the complicated relationships here. there are a lot of them. good evening. >> good evening, bret. in the military they call this literal damagcollateral damage. as of monday, c.i.a. director resigned over affair with his biographer. today we learn the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is implicated in the scandal as well as unnamed f.b.i. official who was taken off the case for beco
important thing is how the investigation is expanding. we went to bed, thinking the f.b.i. investigation ended and then we hear the f.b.i. was going back to broadwell's house, paula broadwell's house, petraeus' mistress in north carolina. we don't know what that is all about. then we hear shortly after that, that general john allen, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, who was here in washington preparing for his confirmation hearings for his next job at the supreme allied commanderrer in europe, the confirmation hearings are on hold and he is now implicated in this controversy, because of 30,000 pages of e-mails to jill kelly, who is the woman who launched this investigation. so it really keeps unraveling. it's like an onion you keep rolling back. we also need to look at the contentious custody battle that jill kelly's sister was involved in. we now understand that petraeus and allen both wrote letters o, asking the judge to show leniency to kelly's sister. was there undue influence used by the two men for these wome women? and was there, were there any laws broken? it just keeps gett
of a way for an investigation to ensue. >> steve: the way the f.b.i. is depicting it, they discovered 20,000 to 30,000 page e-mail. they describe it as potentially inappropriate but declined to comment. there is a commander allen but declined to comment on the nature of the relationship with kelly in the yellow dress and the general with all of the stars and bars. >> brian: what the heck is this about? she was a social liason and by the way, i didn't know we needed one. 20,000 to 30,000. i could not write 20,000. >> i e-mail you. you respond with one word. >> brian: i don't think. got to get dressed >> chris: kelly, even though it is the other woman paula broadwell who had the relationship, that is kelly right there. it was paula broadwell who had the relationship with general petraeus. why would she hire a lawyer and judy smith who is an expert at crisis management. we know. and they out about the 20,000 to 30,000 e-mail about to become public. >> brian: we know that general petraeus is a brilliant military mind and general allen was doing a good job in afghanistan and going to be eleva
is prohibited from finding out what the fbi is doing, maybe somebody needs to read the constitution, the fbi is part of the department of yesterday. they actually work for the president. there is a lot here in the way the administration has handled this that i think warrants further investigation as well. >> greta: how do people who think this is an important topic -- or many important topics, how do they convince those who say, well, it's just political? how do they convince people that these things really matter in. >> the most important point is remembering that with four dead americans on september 11, other official americans and american private citizens throughout the middle-east remain at risk. until we fully understand as a nation what happened on september 11, we can't possibly take adequate steps or formulate policies to protect americans who might be at risk. i have never seen this as political. maybe that's just because i used to work in the state department and see the risk that -- that our people have all around the world. but the notion that you can passively wait for an inte
. senator feinstein says she plans to investigate why the fbi kept relevant lawmakers in the dark and plained that the fbi wasn't looking for lusty emails between a four-star general and his biographer, they were trying, instead, to find out why broadwell was harassing another woman, whose identity is unknown. >> the worry is yes and yes. we received no advance notice. it was like a lightning bolt. the way i found out, i came back to washington thursday night. friday morning, the staff director told me, there were a number of calls from press about this. i called david petraeus. >> director petraeus resigned less than a week before he was scheduled to testify before congress about the cia's response to the deadly 9/11 raid on the american consulate in benghazi. at this point, he is not expected to appear anymore. although, the vice chairman of the senate committee says petraeus might not keep quiet forever. >> he's a very capable dupe morel, mike morel, is going to be testifying next thursday. that's fine because he certainly was there when -- when all of decisions were made, rela
the fbi, the cia, and the military and the nation spreads again. now, another general, another woman and a whole slew of new questions. general john allen accused of exchanging tens of thousands of pages of emails with a married woman. a senior official says those emails got a little flirty but general allen says he did nothing wrong. >> the president has great confidence in the military, great confidence in his commanders. >> shepard: tonight, an investigation threatens the career of another top leader. plus, president obama reportedly considering u.s. ambassador season rice for his next secretary of state. >> i love my job here at the united nations. >> but after she portrayed the benghazi consulate attack as a that spun out of control. some lawmakers say she doesn't deserve the job. >> i think susan rice has disqualified herself. >> tonight, controversy in the cabinet. >> and searching for more victims of super storm sandy. >> the national guard is going building to building and door to door checking on any victims of the storm who may still need help. >> jonathan hunt on parole w
, the way it came to light, we have some information, the fbi was investigating threatening harassing e-mails, sent to an unknown woman, paula broadwell, he was involved. >> to keep it straight, she sent e-mails she thought may be getting too close to her man who is not her man to begin with because he's married, she's married. the fbi goes-- the woman with threatening e-mails, i'm getting threatening e-mails, the fbi checks it out and leads to general petraeus. >> alisyn: reportedly. >> dave: you don't want to read too far into this, but it looks like there's another woman, but no one has reported that as of yet and there are two stories emerging on when exactly the president was informed of all of this. now, the latest, most popular report that is, is that the president was told after the election on thursday, that the white house learned on wednesday, the president was told on thursday. >> how long was the-- >> the other report, the fbi knew about this months before. there's another report from ronald kessler of news max, that says the white house intentionally sat on this until afte
himself was informed by the petraeus affair by a veteran agent of the fbi. top officials had been briefed about the investigation, according to him, including the fbi director, robert meehler. here's what really happened. the decision was made to delay the resignation to avoid potential embarrass men to the president before the election. in short the president or somebody close to him decided to put politics first. and, quote. >> now, conveniently petraeus's decision to step down on friday will also prevent him from appearing before congressional investigators later this week. but that's not the only thing that americans were not told before they filled out their ballots last tuesday. on thursday, two days after the election, we were informed that iran had recently attempted to shoot down a u.s. drone that was flying in international airspace. that happened on november 1. in other words, you were not informed about an act of war perpetrated by a rogue regime that's hell bent on the destruction of israel. why? because politics takes precedence under the obama administration and both post e
, the fbi involved in the whole thing because she said that she was receive ofing harassing e-mails from this women, petraeus's biographer and ex-mistress, paula broadwell. bill: got all that? martha: i think so, you need a pen. catherine herridge is live in d.c.. tell us where we are today on the investigation. where is it. >> reporter: thank you, bill and good morning. so far virtually every publicly threat in the case leads back to jill kelly, a woman described as this unpaid social liaison for the military in tampa, florida. this morning it is alleged the commander of international forces in afghanistan, or isaf, general john allen, sent between 20 and 30,000 pages to kelly. e-mail traffic described as potentially inappropriate nature. it was jill kelly who alert ad fbi agent what she believed were harassing e-mails from the paula broadwell, the biographer and mistress of general david petraeus. it was investigation of kelly's complaints that ultimately forced resignation of general petraeus last week. spokesman george little gave a brief statement on general allen's status. >> while
" in the investigation. back on october 27, out of the blue, he got an alarching phone call from an fbi employee about the general's extra-marital affair. we talked about the sex scandal, the benghazi and the fiscal cliff. nice to see you. >> great to be with you. >> greta: all right. this benghazi mess, fora lack of a better word, would you be in favor of a select committee instead of having several committees trying to investigate the house and the senate, having a streamlined, one select committee, investigate and get to the bottom of this? >> i know that -- i have met with our speaker and we are talking about it. i am for what is best, in terms of making sure the american people got the bottom line on what has happened. it's so frustrating about the benghazi situation is that the administration's story has just changed almost daily. and when you think about it, take a step back, you know, our ambassador died, others died here. this is so beyond politics, this is about our national security. this is about life and death of americans, civil servants, this is about the safety and security of our mili
. lawmakers were set to be briefed by the fbi today on capitol hill. they have a lot of questions about all of this. why did no one inform congress or the white house that the director of the cia was currently under investigation. big question mark over that. doug, what's the latest on this today? >> developments continue to come in fast and furiously. catherine herridge is reporting some key lawmakers are openly questioning the veracity of david petraeus' testimony when he said the attack was a flash mob. and a demonstration that spun out of control. with that explanation overwhelmingly rejected many on the hill say it's vital that petraeus testify. >> i would like to hear from him within the next week or so. there is so much to learn. he has just gotten back from a trip over there. the american people have a right to know. >> reporter: investigators wants to explore whether he may have molded his briefing to the white house narrative to keep them from exposing his affair. martha: doug, obviously a lot of people on the hill as we just saw senator barrasso upset that the fbi did not alert t
surfaced that you -- that somehow you got information and you passed it on to the fbi director. what happened? >> well, you know, i was contacted by an individual in the fbi who i have never met, i didn't know. he offered information to me that gave me pause and a cause for alarm. i had no way to corroborate the information. and certainly, the information to me... gave rise to the possibility that there was a national security issues that perhaps our cia director was vulnerable. but i couldn't corroborate or substantiate the information that was given to me. we were about 10 days or a few weeks out before the election. and i didn't want to politicize it, i wanted to make sure that national security wasn't at risk. so i turned to the person and the entity that i felt best equipped to deal with that information, to get to the bottom of it. and this was the fbi director and his office, that we know has an obligation to make sure that our national security is the priority. and the fbi's also obligated to apprise congress if there is a need for or an ongoing investigation or if there is a
of the intelligence community there, folks from the state department, the f.b.i. everybody there was asked do you know who made the changes? nobody knew. the only entity that reviewed the target points that was not there was the white house. >> watergate style hearings are not needed. but they are calling for such a committee. >> shannon: doug, thank you very much. all right, here with his reaction to the israel and libya situations, homeland security chair and intelligence committee member pete king. thank you. thank you very much. >> shannon: start with pennington libya. what we do know and -- benghazi libya. what we know and don't know. there is a great number of talking points that it seems from when they left the c.i.a. or left with general petraeus seen of them, to when they ultimately got to ambassador rice there was a change. >> i don't know what the democrats in the white house are trying to hide. it's not what they are saying. they both said the intelligence community in its entirety signed off on talking points. they went to the administration. come back and the key language was changed. wh
folks from the state department, the fbi. everybody there was asked do you know who made these changes? and nobody knew. the only entity that reviewed the talking points that was not there was the white house. >> independent senator joe leiberman said today a watergate style committee is not needed to figure out answers to the benghazi attacks. >> the senator went on to sort of suggest in very light handed way that he's not quite sure that the white house is telling the truth on this whole thing. all right. doug in washington. thanks. >> well, weeks since super storm sandy slammed on shore and parts of new york city are still struggling to recover. we are live in lower manhattan with the latest on recovery efforts. anna. >> good evening, heather. residents, we just had one come up to us and say she's not going to have power for some eight months. but many of these businesses and residential towers still don't have power or water or heat and don't have reopen dates yet. we are in the south street seaport area, a very historical area, buildings built in the 17 runs and 1800s and normally
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